Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane joined the Premier League 100 club this season as both players reached their century of top flight goals.
These pair of lethal hitmen have joined some illustrious names by reaching their EPL ton, and have of course guaranteed themselves an hour long re-run of their best strikes on those Sky Sports shows we all love to waste countless hours watching.
However, not only did Lukaku and Kane reach 100 goals they also did it at the tender age of 24 which makes them amongst the youngest players ever to reach the landmark. Here are the five youngest player to ever score a century of Premier League goals …
Romelu Lukaku – 24 yrs, 308 days
Despite Lukaku coming in for a lot of criticism this season from people more concerned with what he can’t do then what he can do – which is score a bag loads of goals – the Belgium international recently scored his 100th Premier League goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Swansea at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, but never managed to score while at Stamford Bridge. He was soon sent out on loan to West Brom where he began to showcase his knack of finding the onion bag with 17 goals in the 2012/2013 season, before he moved to Everton where he would go on to become the Toffees all time leading EPL goal scorer.
Ironically, his form at Goodison made the manager who let him go from Chelsea, Jose Mourinho fork out £75 million to bring him to Old Trafford last summer, and the powerful frontman has made a solid start to life in Manchester scoring 27 goals in all competitions so far this season
Although his all round game still needs a lot of work, his power, pace and finishing ability mean that he has a real chance of catching Alan Shearers record of 260 Premier League goals if he stays in England for the rest of his career.
Harry Kane – 24 yrs, 191 days
Harry Kane has had a remarkable rise from Championship loanee to Spurs talisman in the last few seasons. Many believed the England international was nothing more than a one season wonder after he banged in 21 goals in the 2014/2015.
Kane has of course made a mockery of those claims ever since and has established himself as not only arguably the Premier Leagues best finisher, but also one of World Football’s finest out-and-out number nines.
The talented striker has broken a plethora of records in recent seasons and has twice been won the Golden Boot award, which has coincided with his boyhood club Spurs becoming top four regulars.
I know we said Lukaku has a chance of catching Shearer in the all time stakes, but realistically Kane is the man to put your money on, if he can avoid serious injury and becoming massively over sensitive to a bit of banter on social media for claiming ghost goals that is …
Wayne Rooney – 24 yrs, 100 days
Rooney may have become something of a divisive figure over the last few years but every time we go to write one of these lists whether it be for most goals, assists, appearances etc his name is never far away which shows what a top class career he has had.
He didn’t just burst onto the scene by scoring a great goal, he capitulated himself into English footballing folklore by scoring one of the most iconic goals of the Premier League era.
A 16-year-old Rooney came on as a late substitute for boyhood club Everton, before unleashing an unstoppable 30-yard-strike past England number one David Seaman. His wonder strike did not only win the game for the Toffees but it also brought a halt to Arsenal’s record 50 game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
A teenage Rooney, who looked like a man in a child’s body, captured the imagination of football fans around the globe, with his raw power, pace and shooting ability.
He would soon move on to Manchester United were he would become the Old Trafford club’s all-time leading goalscorer, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions League. At international level he is England’s leading goal scorer ever.
Rooney returned to boyhood club Everton this summer, and probably still has another couple of seasons left in him before he hangs up his boots. He currently sits second in the list of all-time Premier League goal scorers and third in the list of all time Premier League assist makers.
Robbie Fowler – 23 yrs, 283 days
Liverpool fans just love a local lad done good, and the boy from Toxteth was adored by Reds fans after he set Anfield alight as a 18 year in the early nineties with his deadly goal scoring exploits.
Fowler was not the fastest or most physically robust, but he had a knack of finding enough space to get a shot away with his lethal left foot, and in terms of natural finishing ability he is right up there with the best the Premier League has ever seen.
One of his most famous moments came when he scored a sensational five minute hat trick against Arsenal. His career would sadly begin to suffer due to injury and he would leave Anfield in 2001 for Leeds and then Man City before eventually returning to Liverpool for a swan song in 2006.
He is still the fifth highest scoring striker in Premier League history however, and had it not been for injury he would probably be a lot higher on that list.
Micheal Owen – 23 yrs, 134 days
Sometimes because he spends most of his time saying ridiculously dull or stupid things on the TV these days it’s easy to forget that a young Micheal Owen was one of the most exciting young strikers the Premier League has ever seen.
He made his prodigious talent known to Premier League fans in 1997 when he netted a penalty against Wimbledon on his Liverpool debut, before announcing himself as one of World Football’s top talents a year later when he scored that iconic solo goal against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Owen wasn’t just fast, he was Olympic sprinter fast, and he also possessed immense composure when in on goal for one so young.
He would reach the landmark of becoming the youngest ever player to reach 100 EPL goals when he scored for Liverpool against West Brom in the 2002/3 season.
However a series of hamstring injuries would start to effect the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner, and he left Anfield for Real Madrid in 2004. Owen returned to the Premier League just a year later and had spells at Newcastle, Man United and Stoke. Although he did show glimpses of class later in his career he never came close to being the terrifying striker he was in his youth.
Time it seems has not been kind to dour Micheal and in all honesty he doesn’t really get the credit he deserves for how good he was in the late nineties and early noughties.